England vs Bangladesh: A decade ago if teams had to play Bangladesh, apprehension wouldn’t have found a place in the dugout. In 2019 the equation has changed for them & how. Just to put forth a perspective & how massively this Bangla team has improved, their record from 1986 to 2010 must be compared to their record from 2011.
Bangladesh had played 238 games from 1986-2010. They’d won only 62 & lost 172. Since 2011, the numbers have been super impressive. Bangladesh won 59 & lost 62. Call that progression? Of course! Team Bangladesh are by a distance the most improved side in the last decade. They’ve got world beaters in their ranks & after a nail-biter against the Kiwis, they’d be at it once again. Trying to qualify for the knockouts. And is this the tournament of uncertainties? It just might be.
The reverberations of the last defeat against Pakistan might have not lessened & England have to take on the Bangla Tigers. Very seldom have the English been favourites for an ICC tournament. This English side undoubtedly is. They’re the number 1 ranked team in ODIs & the journey to the top has been phenomenal. But they’ve never been exposed to such immense pressure. Will they falter or will they rise to the occasion?
England’s Achilles heel is their bowling. They bundled the Proteas out for a mere 207 but the Pakistani lads smashed them to all corners of the park. Pakistan & Bangladesh are very similar in their approach as far as batting is concerned. But how will the English blokes respond?
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When: 8th June 2019, Saturday
Where: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Kick-Off: 3:00 PM, IST
Bangladesh have won only 4 games out of the 20 played between the two sides. Out of the two, 2 have come in the mega event. Bangladesh beat England by 2 wickets in 2011 & beat them again at Adelaide in 2015 by a 15-run margin. The English unit this time is a different beast altogether. They assuredly are not going to steamroll Bangladesh but are stern favourites for this fixture. If England lose, for Eoin Morgan it’ll be a “ground open-up & swallow me moment”.
Rashid Khan bowled only 5 overs in the previous game & in a ground where the straight boundaries aren’t as big, getting in Liam Plunkett is one option England will look into. The rest of the team is likely to remain unchanged.
Bangladesh have the option to choose between Mosaddek Hossain & Sabbir Rahman. Rahman is known for his aggressive run-making & is a contender for a place in the middle order. The others have done well to retain their spots.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett/Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood.
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain/Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehedi Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman
FANTASY CRICKET TIPS FOR ENGLAND vs BANGLADESH
Two matches have taken place at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff so far & 201 has been the highest score. Sri Lanka were dismissed for 136 & Afghanistan could only manage 152. Is the turf that difficult to bat on? Let’s deduce.
Sri Lanka played New Zealand at Cardiff on the 1st of June. Lanka lost Lahiru Thirimanne early but after a 42-run partnership between Kusal Perera & Dimuth Karunaratne, the wickets started to tumble. The wicket does offer some lateral movement but if the batsman is ready to see off the new ball, batting then becomes much easier. Kusal Perera should his class again in the 2nd ODI at this ground for the World Cup. He waited for the right delivery & then pounced on anything loose.
TIP: Choose a batsman who takes his time out in the middle & then can accelerate at will. Joe Root, Eoin Morgan & Tamim Iqbal will be perfect picks.
Mohammad Nabi was the pick of the bowlers for Afghanistan at this venue. Nabi varied his pace & changed angles causing doubts in the batsman’s mind. The deliveries to dismiss Kusal Mendis & Angelo Matthews were masterstrokes. Picking a spinner on this track isn’t that bad an option.
TIP: Shakib Al Hasan does a similar job & his batting prowess also makes him a strong contender for a captain or vice-captain on FanFight.
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